Plan to move migrants to island draws ire

The Danish government is considering a plan to house migrants on a remote island once used for ill and contagious animals.
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Photos of Beyoncé banned during performance at Kobe Bryant memorial
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Read Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka's speech from Kobe Bryant memorial
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A female Saudi rapper is facing possible arrest over her “Mecca Girl” music video
YouTube Saudi Arabia is trying to show it’s becoming more liberal with entertainment. Asayel Slay’s arrest warrant may dent that image. A Saudi Arabian rapper is facing possible arrest for the ultimate crime: having pride in being a woman of color from Mecca, one of the most sacred places in the world for Muslims. The rapper, who goes by the name Asayel Slay, uploaded a video to her YouTube channel last week of her performing a song titled “Mecca Girl,” in which she raps about the pride she has for her city, her womanhood, and the color of her skin. In the video, which has since been taken down, Slay raps in both Arabic and English. Modest in dress and in tongue, she praises the women of her city for their beauty and strength. She raps in a cafe, surrounded by young male and female backup dancers. Asayel has also had her YouTube channel suspended, according to BBC News. “Yo, drop the beat, with Mecca girls you can’t compete,” Slay raps. Saudi officials tweeted that the governor of Mecca, Khalid al-Faisal, has called for the arrest of Asayel Slay as well as those responsible for the production of the song, for offending “the customs and traditions of the people of Mecca.” The tweet uses an Arabic hashtag that translates to “#You_Are_Not_Mecca_Girls,” which is now being used by other social media users to criticize the video and Slay. One popular tweet, which I translated from the original Arabic, reads, “Who gave this foreigner the right to speak about Saudi Arabian women in general and specifically about girls of Mecca?” Many tweets specifically mention the color of her skin and her perceived African origins. Slay is reportedly of Eritrean descent and has brown skin. One tweet, which I translated from the original Arabic, reads “Mecca is not African #You_Are_Not_Mecca_Girls.” The hashtag brought to light a larger issue surrounding the controversy: anti-black racism. A Saudi woman who appears 2 be of African descent made a cute video rapping about Makkah & her culture using witty lyrics. The video went viral, she was reported to authorities. The twitter backlash against her is full of racist pricks like this person .. #لستن_بنات_مكة— MS SΛFFΛΛ صفاء (@MsSaffaa) February 20, 2020 This isn’t the first recent instance where anti-black racism has reared its head in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi security official was accused of anti-black racism over a video posted by Middle East Eye in 2019 that purportedly showed him ignoring children with darker complexions at an award ceremony for orphaned children of security forces. But the controversy over Slay’s video goes deeper than just the race issue: It also exposes deep tensions that are roiling Saudi society as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attempts to liberalize some aspects of the conservative Muslim country. The Meccan authorities’ distaste for the song lies not only in the lyrics, but also in the place Slay is rapping from. Mecca is the holiest site in the Islamic world and is the place of pilgrimage, or hajj, which all able-bodied Muslims are required to do at least once in their lifetimes if they are financially able. Having a rapper — and a woman rapper, at that — make a music video in the holy city seems to have crossed a line for many more conservative-minded people in the country (even though, again, Slay is rapping inside a cafe, not a holy site).One Twitter user wrote that Mecca “is not meant for trashy songs and anything that is considered haram [forbidden].” It’s a sign that the crown prince’s efforts to open up the country and lift some of the country’s strict restrictions on citizens, especially women, has its limits. Saudi Arabia has undergone a massive image transformation over the past few years. From the expansion of the tourism frontier by opening the country up to non-religious citizens to the introduction of mixed-gender concerts to the lifting of the ban on women driving, Saudi Arabia continues to shake off its ultra-conservative image. The crown prince has been hailed by some Western media as a feminist reformer for making strides for Saudi women. But the reality is that Saudi Arabia still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. In fact, in a recent US News & World Report survey of more than 20,000 global citizens, it ranked as the third-worst country for women in the world based on perception, behind Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. When the driving ban on women was lifted, bin Salman took most of the credit, while the women’s rights activists who fought for the ban were left in the dark — and in some cases, were actually arrested. And while Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws were changed so that Saudi women could travel without permission and other basic human rights, activists who fought those very laws remain behind bars.
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Trump’s rule creating a wealth test for immigrants is now in effect
An uninsured woman takes her children in for a medical check-up at a low-cost clinic run by the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics on July 28, 2009, in Aurora, Colorado. | John Moore/Getty Images It’s already had a chilling effect on immigrants dropping out of public benefits programs. A rule that creates new barriers to low-income immigrants seeking to enter the US went into effect on Monday, bringing to fruition the kind of vast restrictions on legal immigration that President Donald Trump has long sought. The so-called “public charge”rule, published in August by the Department of Homeland Security, establishesa test to determine whether an immigrant applying to enter the US, extend their visa, or convert their temporary immigration status into a green card is likely to end up relying on public benefits in the future. Immigration officials will now have more leeway to turn away those who are “likely to be a public charge” based on an evaluation of 20 factors, ranging from the use of certain public benefits programs — including food stamps, Section 8 housing vouchers, and Medicaid — to English language proficiency. The rule affects immigrants applying for green cards nationwide and at consulates abroad, as well as those applying for temporary visas overseas such as tourists, business travelers, students, and skilled workers. It’s not clear exactly how many people could be affected by the rule. But Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, told Vox that 69 percent of the roughly 5.5 million people who were granted green cards over the past five years would have had at least one negative factor under the rule — which officials could have used as justification to reject their applications for immigration benefits. For about four months, federal judges prevented the rule from being implemented while lawsuits challenging it made their way through the courts. Opponents of the rule, including the state of New York and immigrant advocacy groups, had argued that the rule flouts the narrow definition of what it means to be a “public charge” under federal immigration law. But rather than waiting for those courts to issue final rulings, President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court in January to intervene — a once-rare occurrence that has become standard practice under this administration — and to allow the rule to go into effect. The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority gave it the green light later that month without explaining their reasoning. Trump has justified the rule as a means of ensuring that immigrants are “financially self-sufficient” and has argued it will “protect benefits for American citizens.” “I am tired of seeing our taxpayer paying for people to come into the country and immediately go onto welfare and various other things,” Trump said when announcing the rule. “So I think we’re doing it right.” The rule, which has been anticipated for more than a year, has had a chilling effect already: Noncitizens have been needlessly dropping their public benefits fear that they will face immigration consequences. It’s difficult to quantify just how many immigrants have unenrolled already, but one survey suggested that about one in seven had done so as of 2018. Many immigrants aren’t eligible for public benefits unless they have green cards or certain humanitarian protections — and not all public benefits are available to noncitizens. In the majority of cases, the best advice for immigrants is to keep using the programs to which they’re entitled because they won’t be penalized for doing so under the rule, Doug Rand,a former White House official who worked on immigration policy in the Obama administration, said. But for many immigrants who have already decided to drop their benefits, that advice is coming too late. Even before the rule went into effect, the publicity surrounding it accomplished what the Trump administration wanted: Immigrants were being driven away from public benefits. By the time the rule went into effect on Monday, it had, in that sense, already succeeded. “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on your own two feet” The rule fits in with one of the broader ideas guiding Trump’s immigration policy: that immigrants take advantage of public assistance without offering the US anything in return.It enacts the philosophy that acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli once described, amending Emma Lazarus’s famous poem on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet.” It also makes getting into the US much harder for immigrants sponsored by family members, the phenomenon Trump has excoriated as “chain migration.” The rule is only one of several policies the Trump administration has pursued to dramatically shift which immigrants are legally able to come to the United States. Under Trump, the legal immigration system increasingly rewards skills and wealth over family ties to the US, while shutting out a growing number of people from low-income backgrounds. Heeding calls from 31 states to end refugee admissions from Syria, Trump has slashed the total number of refugees the US accepts annually to just 18,000 this year, the fewest in history and down from a cap of 110,000 just two years ago. He’s placed restrictions on the citizens of many Muslim-majority and African countries. His travel ban prevents citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea from obtaining any kind of visa allowing them to enter the US. He recently added new restrictions on immigrants from six additional countries: Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Critics have called it an “African ban” since about four in five of those affected are from African nations — places Trump has reportedly previously derided as “shithole countries.” And Trump is also cracking down on foreigners giving birth to children in the US, who automatically become American citizens, particularly if they can’t prove they can pay for their medical treatment. With the public charge regulation, Trump is painting immigrants as abusing public benefits. But they are actually “less likely to consume welfare benefits and, when they do, they generally consume a lower dollar value of benefits than native-born Americans,” according to the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. In 2016, the average per capita value of public benefits consumed by immigrants was $3,718, as compared to $6,081 among native-born Americans. Noncitizenswere slightly more likely to get cash assistance, SNAP benefits and Medicaid, but far less likely to useMedicare and Social Security. “The rhetoric around the use of public benefits programs is largely smoke and mirrors,” Erin Quinn​, a senior staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, told Vox. “It’s feeding a rhetoric that immigrants are draining our public services when in fact these immigrants don’t even have access to those services and also galvanizing fear in immigrant communities.” The “public charge” rule, explained The US has been able to reject prospective immigrants who are likely to become a “public charge” — dependent on the government for support — since 1882, but since World War II, few immigrants were turned away using that criteria. In 1999, the Clinton administration issued guidance that said only cash benefits, which very few immigrants use, would be considered in making the determination. The Trump administration is defining “public charge” much more broadly, giving immigration officials at US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Customs and Border Protection a laundry list of factors to consider. And the new rule allows individual immigration officials to implement thiscomplicated, 217-page regulation as they see fit. The rule gives individual, low-level officials much more vetting power than they have had previously, and injects a lot of uncertainty into the green card process. Itcould have a significant impact on who is allowed toenter and remain in the US as a lawful permanent resident. Lower court rulings had argued that the public charge rule conflicts with how federal immigration law has been interpreted for two decades and appears to ignore the tens of thousands of public comments that opposed it. “Defendants do not articulate why they are changing the public charge definition, why this new definition is needed now, or why the definition set forth in the Rule—which has absolutely no support in the history of U.S. immigration law—is reasonable,” US District Judge George Daniels wrote in his opinion in October. But the final version of the regulation is much less stringent than earlier versions that were leaked to the public (including one to Vox). Those drafts would have allowed immigration officials to consider immigrants’ use of a long list of federal public benefits programs, including CHIP and Head Start, the federal early childhood education program. It also would have looked at any programs used by an immigrant’s household — meaning that immigrants could be penalized if they sought benefits for their children instead of themselves. Early reports raised the alarm about how the rule targeted immigrants on public benefits. The Trump administration got hundreds of thousands of comments about it. And immigrants started dropping out of those programs, worried that their chances of getting a green card or citizenship would be affected. An Urban Institute study found that, based on a survey of about 2,000 adults in immigrant families, 13.7 percent of them said that they or one of their relatives chose not to use non-cash benefits programs in 2018 as a result of reports about the rule. Eventually, the rule could lead up to 4.7 million people to withdraw from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) alone, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Los Angeles Times reported that some immigrants with children enrolled in special education programs withdrew them from school and that refugees and asylum seekers dropped out of food assistance programs. Quinn said that her organization has found that immigrants are also avoiding applying for asylum and citizenship, even though the final version of the rule does not affect either process. “The rule has falsely created an impression that undocumented immigrants and temporary residents are gobbling up public benefits, which they’re not because they’re generally not eligible,” Rand said. “And it has scared those who are eligible, who are primarily permanent residents with green cards, legal immigrants, into unenrolling from programs they are perfectly eligible to take advantage of under the law.” Damage from the rule has already been done Some federal programs are eligible to all immigrants regardless of status, including the National School Lunch Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and Head Start. Some immigrants can also become eligible for Social Security benefits and Medicare in old age. But “means-tested welfare programs” — federal public benefits for those in poverty including Medicaid, CHIP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — are primarily reserved for naturalized and US-born citizens, green card holders, refugees, and asylees. Unauthorized immigrants and most people with temporary immigration status, such as employment-based visas, are ineligible, and green card holders have to wait for five years before becoming eligible (although some states give them access earlier). All of this means that relatively few immigrants would end up being penalized, under the final version of the rule, for using public assistance. But the rule has already been effective in dissuading many immigrants from continuing to access the public benefits they need. Reporting about the potentially drastic effects of the rule, and advocacy groups’ decision to condemn it, all helped spread the word. Most immigrants will face no consequences for keeping their benefits, Rand said. But advocates and attorneys are reluctant to make any such blanket statements for fear of being responsible for giving bad advice, especially now that the rule has gone into effect. “Unfortunately, I think a lot of the damage has already been done through the rhetoric and the media cycles around the various proposals,” Quinn said. DHS’s cost-benefit analysis of the rule is premised on the fact that many people will unnecessarily unenroll from public benefits or refrain from enrolling from such programs in the future, Rand said. The economic gains the department cited in its analysisare almost entirely attributable to the anticipated reduction in “transfer payments,” or government payments to public benefits recipients. “In other words, the ‘chilling effect’ isn’t a second-order consequence of the rule; according to DHS, it’s practically the only thing that makes the rule economically beneficial,” Rand said.
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